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Guest Blogger: Find your holiday style at Goodwill

My guilty holiday pleasure doesn’t come in the form of sugary sweets or classic cocktails; it comes in silk, sparkles and stilettos. As the leaves begin to fall and cool, crisp air moves in, there is only one thing on my mind: what shall I wear to all the holiday affairs?

I absolutely love holiday party wear and my favorite store to find it is definitely Goodwill. My coworkers and I stopped by the Columbia Pike Goodwill after work and had ourselves some festive Friday night thrift adventures. Check out the party looks we put together; all of these looks, including shoes, came in at under $30.00!

Holiday dresses from Goodwill

The Little Black Dress

The LBD is a staple for any holiday affair, especially if you’re unsure of the dress code. We both decided that a red patent Dolce Vita heels gave our classic looks a little sass. Christine’s dress, on the right, was satin with a faint velour polka dot pattern. The shape gives a beautifully flattering retro flair. My dress, from White House Black Market, was a matte black with satin accents and a bubble hem.





The Casual Flirt

Flirty dresses from GoodwillNo clue about the dress code? These looks were a little more casual but still had flirty, festive accents. Christine’s dress, on the left, was a great eggplant color with a ruffled neckline; we paired it with a Nine West nude patent heel. The color of the shoe played down the outfit but the patent and pointed toe still gave it the sass it needed. Stacey’s look, on the right, was a great faux two-piece dress. The skirt featured a gold metallic thread. The top was a very modest and casual cowl neck. We paired this look with a pair of satin Naturalizer heels (which were a steal; Stacey ended up taking those home!) and a black Express clutch.




The Wildcard

Fun party looks from GoodwillWe found these two pieces and loved them so much we had to feature them in our party looks. Stacey’s look, on the left, was a fabulous metallic topped, padded-shoulder jumpsuit; complete with an embroidered cummerbund, this piece was a definite eye catcher. We paired it with a pair of Joan and David patent pumps. Christine’s look, on the right, was a “cupcake” style tulle dress, which we paired with Tahari heels (which were only $12.98!).  The color may not be suitable for our corporate party, but regardless this dress was too fun to pass up!





The Long and Lovely

Elegant gowns from GoodwillFor the more formal holiday occasions, Goodwill has you covered even in the full-length gown department; at $14.98, these gowns were perfect pieces for a formal event. Stacey’s look, on the left, was one of my favorite dresses of the evening; as a red head, she looks fantastic in emerald. You better believe she went home with this beauty. The sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice pair excellently on her figure. We paired this dress with the satin Naturalizer shoes. My final look on the right was a great dress on the hanger but we all agreed the fit wasn’t the most flattering; I did love the ombre black and gray colors, through. Stacey was able to find her whole outfit for our corporate party for $28.00! That is unbeatable!

I would encourage you to try and find your holiday partywear at your favorite Goodwill thrift store; in doing so, your not only being kind to your wallet and the Earth but you are supporting the Goodwill mission in empowering people through education and job training. Get out there, try on some crazy dresses and have a good laugh with your friends; Goodwill never disappoints in that arena!

Karen Wathen is a college student, young professional and self-proclaimed “thriftanista.” Currently studying English at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, she has brought her love of writing and affordable fashion together on her blog, County Meanderings, where she frequently posts about her thrifting adventures. Karen aspires to become a leader in the world of non-profit management upon her graduation so naturally, she prides herself in supporting organizations like Goodwill who do their best to empower communities through education and job creation. 

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1 Comment for Guest Blogger: Find your holiday style at Goodwill

Susie Holman
December 5, 2013

I just love the way you ladies look in all your great finds.

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